POSTED: Monday, August 20, 2012 - 6:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 10:11am
LAPLACE,LA(NBC33) — St John the Baptist Parish Deputy Jeremy Triche was one of two deputies who lost their live on Thursday.
That's when police say seven people - who described themselves as "sovereign citizens" shot four deputies killing Triche another deputy and injuring two others.
Monday would have been Jeremy Triche's birthday, but instead of blowing out birthday candles hundreds gathered to give thanks for the man they say is a fallen hero.
Police cruisers and motorcycles rolled down airline highway Monday morning honoring a man that laid down his life to protect his community.
"The community is still in shock," said Donald King. "You can see the cars and the people out here are shocked. They can't believe that seven of them shot four of their deputies."
Deputy Jeremy Triche used to patrol Donald King's neighborhood. Now King says it's hard to come to terms that his friend is gone.
"He was a very fine man you couldn't ask for a better deputy," said King.
Members of the Saint John the Baptist Parish community stood side by side with law enforcement along the motorcade route to make sure the Triche family knew they are not alone.
"Even though you may not know us we're there if you need anything," said Marie Turner lives in Laplace.
"I know the whole parish the whole state is behind you."
The small community is still in shock that something like Thursday's shootings could happen in their backyard.
"It was scary because you never expect something like this to happen in a small town something so big," said Turner.
"It's a sign of the times," said Laplace resident Michael Rollo. "There are no small communities without crime anymore."
Michael Rollo was one of many waiting outside Triche's funeral at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. He says Deputy Triche and Brandon Nielsen will never be forgotten by those they protected and served.
"They are the real hero's - it's not the actors with the big contract or the athletes with the big contracts. These people who put their lives on the lines every day to protect us."
Deputy Brandon Nielson's funeral will be at the Lake-Lawn Funeral Home in Metairie. That's set for 11:00 a.m. Wednesday. First, family will hold a visitation beginning Tuesday at 5:00 at Lake-Lawn Funeral Home in Metairie.